Google’s Android Things Will Now Just Focus on Smart Speakers, Displays

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Earlier, the platform was intended to support at least four System on Modules (SoMs) for use in production of IoT devices.


It has been reported that Google’s Android Things IoT platform will now concentrate on smart speakers and displays helping original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Google has launched the Android Things as an internet-of-things platform in 2017.It was originally intended to support lightweight IoT devices,however it has mainly been used to showcase Google Assistant-powered smart displays and speakers.

As per the blog post by Android Things team,Google has worked closely with partners to create consumer products powered by Android Things with the Google Assistant built-in.After the successes in smart speakers and smart displays,They are refocusing Android Things as a platform for OEM partners to build devices in those categories moving forward.

Then and Now

Earlier, the platform was intended to support at least four System on Modules (SoMs) for use in production of IoT devices. Manufacturers could use these boards to create their devices and also get certified by Google.However,it seems that any of these system-on-modules ever entered production.

As per Google official source,Android Things will continue to be a platform for experimenting with and building smart, connected devices using the Android Things SDK on top of popular hardware like the NXP i.MX7D and Raspberry Pi 3B.

As per reports,the increased competition may be a factor that urged Google to move away from general purpose IoT devices and focus on only speakers and displays.

Longjam Dineshwori

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